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Rogelio Aguilera truck driver sentence reduced 110 year, case details

Colorado's prison sentence for truckers has been cut by 100 years.

Unjust and disproportionate were words used by Gov. Jared Polis to describe the first prison sentence given to the driver, Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos.

The driver of a truck that was in a crash that killed four people in 2019 was sentenced to 110 years in prison. On Thursday, the governor of Colorado cut that sentence down to 10 years.

"Unfair" and "disproportionate" to many other sentences, Gov. Jared Polis said.

A letter from Mr. Polis to the driver, Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos: "Your unusual sentence shows that sentences for similar crimes don't always match up." People should talk more about sentencing laws after this case, the man said.

Mr. Aguilera-Mederos will be able to leave prison on December 30, 2026, according to a letter from the governor.

At some point on April 25, 2019, Mr. Aguilera-Mederos was behind the wheel of a truck on I-70 in Colorado's Lakewood. It hit several cars, killing four people.

Rogelio Aguilera truck driver sentence reduced 110 year, case details
Dozens of people in support of Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver who was killed in an accident, gathered outside the state capitol in Denver last week. They asked for a reduction in the 110-year sentence that he was given.

Mr. Aguilera-Mederos has said that broken brakes were the main reason for the crash. The company he worked for, Castellano 03 Trucking L.L.C. in Houston, did not immediately return messages left at phone numbers linked to the company.

Jurors found him guilty of 27 crimes in October, including vehicular murder and vehicular assault. He was 26 when A. Bruce Jones sentenced him to more than a century in prison on December 13. He said that because of a law in Colorado, sentences for each count had to be served one after the other, not together.

"If I had the power, this would not be my sentence," a judge told Reuters. "If I had the power, this would not be my sentence."

A petition asking for Mr. Aguilera-sentence Mederos's to be cut quickly gained a lot of support.

Wife of a man who died in a plane crash: "He should spend some time in prison and think about what he did."

This is what she said: "We are truly the victims." She also said that she thought that Mr. Aguilera-Mederos had made "bad decisions all day long."

When they first said that Mr. Aguilera-Mederos was to blame for the deaths, they said he didn't steer the truck onto a runaway-truck ramp that was on the highway. The truck was hauling lumber at the time.

The lawyer for Mr. Aguilera-Mederos, James Colgan, said that "we're not saying he's innocent and did not make mistakes," but that "the punishment has to fit the crime, and this punishment does not fit the crime." Before formally asking for a commutation, he said that "we are not saying that he is innocent and did not make mistakes."

During the same time, Mr. Polis pardoned more than 1,300 people who had been convicted of having two ounces or less of pot. His sentence was cut short for a couple of other people as well.

Asked Mr. Aguilera-Mederos, "Why did your life not die when other people did?" Throughout your life, you will feel the weight of this event. "You will do what is right."


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